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All newspaper articles and advertisements are from Papers Past - National Library of New Zealand or Trove - National Library of Australia unless otherwise stated.

Photographer's negatives - the most common question I am asked relates to the current location of photographer's negatives - see this post.

I'm not able to provide any information about photographers other than that on this site. I'm am also not able to date photographs or assist you in identifying people in photographs you may have. I am unable to assist in locating the current location of business records or negatives of any photographer.

I recommend the Auckland City Library's website for more information about New Zealand photographers -

GREEN, Herbet Huxley

Herbert Huxley Green
 also see Green and Hahn

Born 18 February 1893 Christchurch son of Eliza and John William Green (died 1930), died 21 March 1956 aged 63 years, buried Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch, block 37 plot 22.

1916 - Photographer - Lyttelton Times

Mrs J. W. Green, 41 Ely Street, has just received word that her son, Sergeant H. H. Green, is returning by the s.s. Ruahine, which is due in Auckland on or about December 20.
Lyttelton Times, Volume CXVII, Issue 18263, 26 November 1919

Star, Issue 19866, 7 February 1920

Green - Peat. A wedding which created interest among many Wellington and Napier residents was solemnised at All Saints' Church, Kilbirnie, Wellington. The bride was Miss Elsie Peat, who for so many years has been connected with the firm of R. W. Armit, Ltd., and Mr H Hurley Green (sic), of Christchurch. She was given away by her father, Mr Frank Peat. She wore a beautiful frock of ivory and gold marocain with a lace overdress, and becoming cape; also a smart hat of ivory georgette, lace, and bird of paradise trimmings. A. dainty sheaf of golden roses and fern was carried. Miss Winifred Peat was in attendance, in a pink georgette frock finely tucked and trimmed with gold and silver lace, and a hat of lace and georgette. The usual dainty bouquet was carried. The best man was Mr Walter Brassington. The bride's mother was in mole crepe de chine heavily embroidered in violet, and a hat to tone. After the ceremony the guests were entertained at the residence of the bride's sister, Mrs George Rhodes, Seatoun road, Kilbirnie, and the hostess received the guests, wearing a biscuit satin marocain frock and lace hat, with almond trimmings. The bride and bridegroom left later by the Lyttelton steamer for their future home, the former travelling in a fawn gabardine frock heavily embroidered in Russian braid, and a hat or navy with white ospreys, and stole fur.
Press, Volume LX, Issue 17994, 11 February 1924 

At the time of his death he was a company director living at 22B Rossmore Terrace, Christchurch. Following his death his wife's nephew Donald H. Peat, a Wellington photographer inherited his interest as a partner in the firm of Green and Hahn. His wife Elsie Green died in 1983 aged 89 years. His brother was John William Green, a poultry farmer.

A group of unknown men in the Stone Chamber of the Provincial Council Buildings photographed by Herbet Huxley Green about 1925.


John Dunlop
Christchurch and Wanganui

Grand and Dunlop - Christchurch, c. 1875 to 1887
John Dunlop, Oxford Terrace West, Christchurch, 1888 
Eden George, 1888-1891?

Dunlop and Hawley - Wanganui 1891
John Dunlop  - Wanganui 1891 to 1901
succeeded by Louis Gladstone Brogan - Wanganui March 1901

John Dunlop was born in England about 1845 and arrived in New Zealand about 1865. He married at the Holy Trinity Church, Avonside, Christchurch on 10 April 1878, Elizabeth Miriam Scrivener nee Hole, the eldest daughter of Mr W. Hole of Alhampton, Somersetshire. She was the second wife and widow of Cephas Scrivener, draper (he died at East Town Belt, Christchurch on 8 December 1876, first wife Annie Ross died at her residence Abraham Street, Grahamstown on 26 June 1872 aged 29 years).

Elizabeth Miriam Dunlop died on 21 July 1910 at 169 Victoria Street, Christchurch aged 68 and John Dunlop died on 17 July 1925 at the residence of his son William J. Dunlop, 497 Barbadoes Street, Christchurch aged 80. They are both buried in Linwood Cemetery (block 34 plot 226).

William John Dunlop (Optician) born 17 June 1879, Victoria Street, Christchurch, reg. 1879/12675, died 28 June 1958 aged 79 years, reg. 1958/35529, buried Linwood Cemetery (block A plot 176), married Elizabeth Foster circa 1907, reg.1907/3314, born 20 September  1877 Dunedin, died 1 January 1962 aged 84 years buried Linwood Cemetery (block A plot 176).

          Clarence William Dunlop born 28 August 1909, 30 Barbadoes Street, St Albans, Christchurch, reg. 1909/10763, died circa 1990, reg 1990/27707, married 1939 Beatrice Grace Pring born 23
August 1913 Christchurch - 3 children


Press, Volume XV, Issue 2003, 16 September 1869, Page 3
In the 1860's John Dunlop worked for James Elsbee and later Daniel Louis Mundy.

 Press, Volume XLV, Issue 7168, 2 October 1888, Page 1

above - a cabinet card by John Dunlop, Oxford Terrace West, Christchurch

He was named in 1890 as a Provisional Director of Eden George Company Limited along with Vivian White Parsons, Eden George and Charles George.
Press, Volume XLVII, Issue 7580, 17 June 1890, Page 1

Dunlop, John, Photographer, Victoria Avenue, Wanganui. Established 1891.
The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District], 1897, page 1409

Mr G. W. Hean, pharmaceutical chemist (by examination) has an advertisement in this issue announcing that he has opened business as a chemist and druggist. His shop is the one occupied until lately by Mr Dunlop, photographer, opposite the temporary post and telegraph office in the Avenue.
Wanganui Herald, Volume XXXV, Issue 10306, 6 April 1901, Page 2


G. H. Daley

Wanganui Herald, Volume IV, Issue 1219, 7 September 1871, Page 4

Photography.— We notice that Mr G. H. Daley has prolonged his stay in Wanganui for a limited time, previous to a tour of New Zealand for a collection of views. We have been shown a quantity of portraits of the townspeople, taken in a style worthy of the best Melbourne artistes, and indeed those anxious to have their faces and forms perpetuated should lose no time in visiting the studio.
Wanganui Herald, Volume IV, Issue 959, 13 September 1870, Page 2

above - a carte de visite by G. H. Daley, Marton 

Photography.- We were shewn to-day by Mr G. H. Daley a collection of photographic portraits, tastefully arranged in a rosewood and gilt frame. The first glance at the collection gave us a favorable impression, which was not diminished by a closer inspection. The portraits have been most carefully taken, the features of each subject shewing out with a clearness and distinctness only seen in portraits taken at first class studios. Wanganui people forming the subjects also added to the conception of the merits of Mr Daley's skill, the faces being so familiar any defect, was the more noticeable. Mr Daley having graduated at one of the best studios in Melbourne it is not, after all, surprising that he should, with the aid of clear Wanganui weather turn out such excellent specimens of the photographic art.
Wanganui Herald, Volume IV, Issue 1054, 24 December 1870, Page 2

Wanganui Herald, Volume IV, Issue 1246, 23 June 1871, Page 2

Photography.— Mr G. H. Daley advertises that he will visit the Patea and Waihi districts professionally. We should think Mr Daley will receive a fair amount of patronage from the inhabitants of these townships, who have not had the same opportunities of participating in this useful adjunct to civilization, as their more favored Wanganui friends.
Wanganui Herald, Volume IV, Issue 1244, 6 October 1871, Page 2 

 Wanganui Herald, Volume VI, Issue 1897, 15 September 1873, Page 3

added 31 May 2014
photo added 25 June 2019 


J. Corbett
Post Office side of Shortland Street


Taylor and Redfern

Taylor and Redfern
194 Queen Street, Auckland
next door to Savings Bank 


Wrigglesworth and Binns - Postcards

Wrigglesworth and Binns

no. 3 - Lookout (tower), Maori Pa, New Zealand Exhibition, Christchurch, NZ
1906  - 1907
Postcard by Wrigglesworth and Binns

no. 9 - Canterbury College
Postcard by Wrigglesworth and Binns

 no. 23 - St Mary's Church, Addington
Postcard by Wrigglesworth and Binns

no. 78 - Armagh Street Bridge
Postcard by Wrigglesworth and Binns

Christchurch Hospital
 Postcard by D. Craig & Co.



New Zealand Kauri Trees
by George Dobson Valentine
no. 91

Kauri Trees, Waitakersi (sic) N.Z. 17237 J.V.

46 - Hauling Kauri Logs, North Auckland

Tane Mahuta, Northland, NZ
Pictorial Publications Ltd, Hastings

Giant Kauri Tree, New Zealand
Pictorial Publications Ltd, Hastings

Tane Mahutu, Waipoua Forest, Northland
Gladys Goodall

Tane Mahutu, Waipoua Forest, Northland, N.Z.
 Printed by Whitcombe and Tombs Ltd.
Colourchrome Series WT 240


Giant Kauri Tree, Te Matua Ngahere
Colour View

Giant Kauri in the Waipoua Kauri Forest, Northland
DOW Productions
no. 123
Photography Studio 57, Auckland

Giant Kauri Tree.
One of the mighty Kauri pines in Waipoua Forest, Northland
Reed 4

Northland Kauri
One of the fine examples that can be seen in the Northland Kauri reserves
Photo: D. McVicker
Published and Distribute by A. H. & A. W. Reed

Giant Kauri Tree
Tane Mahuta
"The Father of the Forest" is the Maori name for this monarch of Waipoua Kauri Forest, Northland. The huge bole would mill enough timber to build a whole block of sixroomed houses.
Photo: K. and J. Bigwood
Reed D. 265

Giant Kauri Tree: Tane Mahutu.
Reed D162

"Tane Mahuta" - Giant Kauri, Waipoua Forest.
This magnificent kauri tree is 169 feet high, has a girth of 43 feet, is 58 feet to the first limb and is estimated to be more than 1200 years old. "Tane" is the god of nature and of trees. "Mahuta" means to rise.
Photograph: Robin Smith Photography Ltd.
Published and Distributed by A. H. & A. W. Reed
SR 554

Square Kauri - Coromandel Peninsula
This unique kauri may be seen within the road boundary between Tapu and Coroglen about 9.5 km from Tapu. It was spared, alone with several other fine trees, during road making in the 1890's.
Photograph: J. Munk
Published and Distributed by A. H. & A. W. Reed

Square Kauri on Tapu Hill, 
Coromandel Peninsula, N.Z. Girth 29'6"
Photography: Doug Johansen
Published and Distributed by Coromandel Peninsula Promotion and Vistor Information Service.
Printed by Rotorua Printers Ltd, New Zealand

Pringle, Thomas

Thomas Pringle
born circa 1859, Maryport, Cumberland, England son of Robert Pringle (miller) and Elizabeth Goodfellow [3], reg. Jan-Feb-Mar 1858 Cockermouth, Cumberland, vol 10b, page 459, bapt. 13 February 1859, Maryport, Cumberland, arrived New Zealand about 1882 aged about 23 years, died 29 March 1931 Karori, Wellington aged 73 years, reg. 1931/1513, cremated at Wellington Crematorium 30 March 1931, record number 794, married 22 March 1883 Isabella Graham, at the house of her grandmother, Mrs Hester Clough, London Street, Dunedin, New Zealand by the Rev. Thomas Roseby of the Moray Place Congregational Church, witnessed by her uncle John Bryce Thomson, Mayor of Dunedin, her cousin Emma Hester Thomson and James Wyper, reg. 1883/964, born circa 1858, Liverpool, England daughter of James Graham (mariner) and Elizabeth Clough, died 24 July 1942 Christchurch in her 84th year.


The 1871 census of Scotland shows Thomas Pringle aged 12 years at 189 Main Street, Glasgow, the house of his parents Robert and Elizabeth Pringle. His father was then engaged as a storekeeper, also at the house were Thomas' sisters Barbara Pringle aged 4 years and Annie Pringle aged 2 years.

The 1881 census shows Thomas Pringle then aged 22 years at 37 Morrison Street, Glasgow, a private lodging house run by Jane and Jessie Paterson. He was then employed as a sorting clerk
at the General Post Office.

Dunedin, New Zealand
about 1882 to November 1885

Thomas Pringle arrived in Dunedin about 1882, where on 22 March 1883 he married Isabella Graham, he was described at this time as a clerk. Later the next year her aunt Jane Clough, who had recently married Captain James Duncan, died on a voyage to the Fiji Islands when the vessel the "Tauranga" was apparently lost during a storm. Jane Clough was at one time the owner of the Dunedin business known as "Miss Clough's" - the Ladies' Art Needlework Depot. Thomas and Isabella moved to Wellington in 1885. A notice in the "Evening Post", Wellington, indicates that Isabella and Thomas Pringle (or one of them) worked previously at Miss Clough's in Dunedin. In Wellington they opened a similar business initially selling "art needlework".

The Tauranga. Considerable anxiety is felt for the safety of the Tauranga, a schooner of sixty-one tons, which left this port for the South Sea Islands on June 10 (104 days out) and has not since been heard of. The Tauranga was commanded by her owner, Captain James Duncan, and had the following crew David Hurley (boatswain), R. Bell (cook and steward), W. Moody and A. Ljoblism (A.B.s), and P. M’Grath (ordinary seaman.) Mrs Duncan (nee Jane Clough) was the sole passenger. The Tauranga’s cargo consisted of timber, biscuits, beef, and potatoes. It is just possible that the vessel may have been sold by Captain Duncan, but it seems strange that none of Mrs Duncan’s many friends in Dunedin have heard from her since the Tauranga sailed from Port Chalmers.
Evening Star, Issue 6703, 22 September 1884

Thomas Pringle, secretary of Moray Place Congregational Church Mutual Improvement Association, donated magazines to the Seacliff Asylum:
...  I have received a parcel of magazines from Mr Pringle, secretary of Moray place Congregational Church Mutual Improvement Association, and I acknowledge the gift with thanks. J.A.T. [J.  A. Torrance, Chaplain to Asylum, Hospital, and Gaol]
Evening Star, Issue 6895, 7 May 1885

Evening Star, Issue 6765, 21 November 1885

Wellington, New Zealand
November 1885 to March 1931


Evening Post, Volume XXX, Issue 132, 1 December 1885
[this notice incorrectly shows "J. Pringle" which was corrected in later notices to "I. Pringle"]

Mr. T. Pringle, who for the past seven years has enjoyed in Wellington so large a share of support in his capacity as caterer for the demand for the thousand and one articles which come under the category of "fancy goods," has been compelled, owing to increasing business, to remove to more commodious premises on Lambton-quay, situated opposite the offices of the New Zealand Insurance Company. The shop, under the supervision of Mr. Crichton, architect, has been altered by Mr. H. J. Millar, and they appear admirably adapted to the requirements of Mr. Pringle's art and needlework depot. The alterations effected will doubtless prove to be of great convenience, to lady customers more especially. The shelving and glass cases are arranged with a view to the best display of the pretty goods exhibited. Wools, consisting of Scotch fingering and those for knitting purposes, together with artistic needlework of the choicest kinds, and fancy goods of every description, meet the visitor s eye on every hand. The glass and china department, however, perhaps form the most fascinating portion of the exhibits in Mr. Pringle's establishment. To attempt a description of even a tithe of the very beautiful goods placed before visitors is superfluous. It is not too much to say, however, that all conditions of customers can be suited, including especially the juveniles, to whom the toy department will prove a veritable reflex of Regent-street and the Lowther Arcade, the remembrances of which are still so dear to many of their parents.
Evening Post, Volume XLIV, Issue 149, 25 June 1892

... Mr Thomas Pringle,  of Wellington, also looked in last week at your London offices. I fancy he too has been making considerable business purchases, but I don’t know, for Mr Pringle suffers from modesty, and would not give any information concerning his doings, I gathered, however, that he returns shortly to New Zealand...
New Zealand Times, Volume LVI, Issue 2310, 15 September 1894


There was a good attendance at the meeting of the Wellington Camera Club last night, at the Academy of Fine Arts. In the competition subjects Mr W. F. Barraud took first place for “Breaking Wares,” and Mr Pringle second. For "Shipping,” Mr T. Pringle took first and second awards. The president (Mr W. Beswick) read a paper on “ Lenses.”
New Zealand Times, Volume LVII, Issue 2431, 9 February 1895

The usual monthly meeting of the Wellington Camera Club was held at the Fine Arts Gallery last night. There was a fair attendance of members. The president read an interesting paper on composition. The subjects for competition were "Landscape” (in which Mr Crichton received first and Mr Pringle second awards) and “Illustrations of a Poem” (in which Mr Pringle was placed first, and Mr Barltrop second). The president in announcing the awards spoke very highly of the quality and appropriateness of the pictures shown.
New Zealand Times, Volume LVII, Issue 2455, 9 March 1895

Mr Pringle's Photographs.
In this issue of the “Mail” we publish some very beautiful and interesting photographic studies by Mr T. Pringle, who, as our readers are aware, is in the very front rank of colonial amateur photographers, and has won many prizes at the exhibitions of the Wellington Camera Club and other societies. It is due to Mr Pringle to say that it is impossible by the half tone process to fully convey the artistic delicacy of the original prints, still less do they show the beauty of the exhibited pictures which were all 15 x 12, and are printed in different colours, such as sepia, red chalk, sea green, etc. The amateur photographer of the new school treats his original negative of a place or object merely as an artist treats a rough sketch or study; it is in the subsequent reproduction of an enlarged negative, and the use of a plastic process like carbon that he gains the power of putting a certain individuality into his work and produces, if he can, not mere topographical records, but artistic “pictures.” The studies, however, which we have been privileged to publish, show how clever Mr Pringle is in his choice of subjects, and how many exquisite little “bits” of landscape and animal groupings are available to the amateur who possesses an eye for the picturesque and beautiful.

New Zealand Mail, Issue 1432, 10 August 1899

Writing from Hongkong, under date 23rd June, Mr. T. Pringle (who is at present on a visit to Japan), says: — "We went on board one of the fine Canton River steamers, and there the Chief Engineer told us that on the previous night, when the boat had left Canton, there were long rows of Chinese hung by the neck along the river front. Steamers and people in the foreign quarters were being aimed, and the native wives and children and the fairly well-to-do Chinese were leaving Canton.

The Chief Engineer is an amateur photographer, and he showed me a whole-plate print (taken by himself) of a man whom he had seen a short time ago cut into thirty pieces. Whilst the photo was being taken crowds of Chinese were standing round, watching the execution, and feeling that they were getting a splendid free show!"

In another letter, giving a description of the Voyage from Thursday Island to Hongkong, Mr. Pringle says a party of seventy-seven Chinese joined the s.s. Wayata Maru from Thursday Island, and the whole party placed in the vessel's safe a sum totalling £90,000 The men were returning to Canton with their wealth.

Evening Post, Volume LX, Issue 31, 6 August 1900

The Government Tourist Department is arranging to have a series of photographs taken of the wonder-spots of the colony. They are to be made up in pamphlet form, and circulated abroad, with information as to how the places may be visited, the cost of the trip, etc. It is understood that Mr T. Pringle, of Wellington, well-known as a successful competitor in photographic competitions, although an amateur, will reproduce the northern scenery. The appointment of a photographer for the South Island has not yet been made.
Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XXIX, Issue 9356, 22 January 1902 

Some Wellington Musicians.
...Mr. Thos. Pringle, as far as a busy life will permit him, is a musical enthusiast, and one of the pleasantest of our solo singers. His taste in music is refined, and his songs are always well chosen, and sympathetically sung. As well as a fine voice, Mr. Pringle possesses a picturesque pen and a facile camera.

New Zealand Illustrated Magazine, Volume V, Issue 6, 1 March 1902

Twelve very fine photographic views, prepared for the Tourist Department by Mr T. Pringle, are on view at Messrs McGregor Wright and Co.’s. These pictures are excellent specimens of the art of photography. There is one especially, a view on Lake Rotoiti, which it would be difficult to surpass in any part of the world. A boat containing two figures is in the foreground, and the ripple of the water, the shadows under the hills in the background, and the atmosphere of the picture, are perfect. Another capital view, representing Jerusalem, on the Wanganui river, has also some notable light and shade effects. A picture of Hongi’s track, Lake Rotoiti, is admirably relieved by the sunlight playing across the track in the foreground. There are views of the Waimangu geyser and crater; the Karangahape Bluff, Lake Taupo; the White Terrace at Orakeikorako, with its delicate traceries; a swirling current below Ngaporo, on the Wanganui river; a scene on Mokoia Island; Aratiatia Rapids, Waikato river; and Ketatahi, Tongariro, with its fine steam effects. A very good figure study, representing the well-known Maori greeting, the rubbing of noses, is also included.
New Zealand Times, Volume LXXII, Issue 4673, 28 May 1902

Mr Thomas Pringle leaves this morning on a photographing tour, which will embrace the little-known but marvellously beautiful Waikare-Moana and Waikare-Iti lakes, and the still less known Urewera country. The trip is being undertaken on behalf of tho Tourist Department.
New Zealand Times, Volume LXXII, Issue 4741, 25 August 1902 

The photographic tour of Mr Thomas Pringle through the Waikaremoana and Urewera Country on behalf of the Tourist Department has been highly satisfactory. Mr. Pringle spent six weeks in a country almost unknown to the pakeha, and has obtained some 200 negatives of beautiful scenery and unique incidents of life among the aborigines. He was treated with the utmost courtesy by the Maoris, and saw much that the eye of a camera had never previously caught a glimpse of. From the scenic point of view, Mr. Pringle thinks it is impossible to give an exaggerated description of the beauties of Waikaremoana scenery. The forty-mile road from Wairoa (Hawkes Bay) to Onepoto, the first point of contact with the lovely lake, is a good one, and it is expected that within six weeks the six miles from theee to the accommodation house will be put in good older. The house, which will be commodious will also be available for tourists about the time the roadway is completed. From the lake Mr. Pringle rode through Galatea and Waiotapu to Rotorua, thence to Lake Taupo, Ngaruhoe, and Ruapehu taking pictures en route. Ngaruhoe was a mass of snow, so that the photographer was unable to make the ascent. Mr Pringle's expedition was not unaccompanied with danger, for he had two very narrow escapes from drowning in the waters of the lake and in a creek in the Waikaremoana district.
Evening Post, Volume LXIV, Issue 97, 21 October 1902

I had the pleasure of seeing, at the Tourist Department, a large number of proofs of most wonderful photographs taken by Mr Pringle on his recent trip through the Urewera Country and the Waikaremoana district. Mr Pringle went around with letters from Mr Carroll, and was received with great hospitality by the Natives, who otherwise might have given him no facilities. Most interesting pictures of mat-making, carving and native life have been secured, some quite unique, and the Maoris, who appear in them, are most stately and picturesque figures. Indeed, some of the women are quite beautiful, and dress more in accordance with the old traditions than do the Europeanised natives one sees about towns with their Panama hats and their fur coats. The accommodation house at Waikaremoana is not completed, but has already a most comfortable and charming appearance, situated on a little rise on the shores of the Lake. As regards fishing, anglers would find it a paradise provided their lines were strong enough to hold the big trout. There were photographs of a "catch" of fifteen to twenty fish, the lightest weighing ten pounds. For artists, too, the district offers all sorts of enticements, and has infinite variety of cliff, forest, quiet inlet, and stretches of water. The pity is that it is so ungetatable as yet, but even that is an advantage in the eyes of some tourists who love not highways, and are not trammelled by insistent trains and steamers.
Wairarapa Daily Times, Volume XXVI, Issue 7309, 12 November 1902 

Mr Donne [2], Superintendent of the Tourist Department, has received a magnificent collection of negatives of scenery in and around Mount Cook, taken by Mr Pringle, of this city, expressly for the Tourist Department. Mr Pringle has been very much handicapped by incessant bad weather, but as soon as the weather improves he will cross the Southern Alps on a photographic tour to the West Coast. Mr Donne and his staff were busy to-day apportioning a collection of very fine photographs depicting Maori life and scenery in the North Island to the Tourist Departments in Canterbury, Otago and Southland. This is in pursuance of the scheme for photographing the whole of the colony for the guidance of visitors to our shores.
Star, Issue 7604, 14 January 1903

Mr Pringle, Government photographer, went to the Head of the Lake yesterday to make another attempt to secure some pictures of the Routeburn Valley, the weather being most unfavourable during his first visit last month. It is to be hoped that Mr Pringle will have better weather this time so as to enable him to do justice to the Routeburn, which undoubtedly possesses some of the finest scenery in New Zealand. We have seen some of Mr Pringle's reproductions and we can safely say that they eclipse anything ever attempted in the photographic art in New Zealand.
Lake Wakatip Mail, Issue 2525, 8 July 1904

The hobby of amateur photography has proved a stepping-stone to much profit and pleasure in the case of Thomas Pringle, whom the Far North has been lionising for the last few weeks in the course of his tour as camera artist to the Tourist Department. Until a few years ago, Mr Pringle was little known outside the range of the snug fancy goods business of which he is owner in Wellington. But when the photography craze seized him, he developed an artistic vein that gained him acknowledgment as one of the cleverest unprofessionals at the game in the South. The desire of the Tourist Department to boom New Zealand scenery in the illustrated magazines of the world was Mr Pringle's opportunity. It brought him an engagement which now occupies most of his time in travelling about the colony to photograph scenes of historic or picturesque interest Some eleven thousand copies were issued by the Department last year, and scattered into the remotest parts of the globe.
Observer, Volume XXIV, Issue 24, 27 February 1904

Mr. Thos. Pringle, of Wellington, will leave on a business visit to London on the 14th inst. Mr. Pringle goes Home via Vancouver.
Evening Post, Volume LXXI, Issue 105, 4 May 1906

Kennedy's Buildings.
The latest addition to Lambton Quay
"Kennedy's Buildings" is the popular term applied to the latest block of buildings that has been erected on the western side of the northern portion of Lambton-quay ... The ground-floor portion of the third section, the most northern shop, has been leased by Mr. Thos. Pringle, who for twenty-one years carried on business further south along the quay. Mr. Pringle's new premises have a depth of 58ft, and in the front are three windows, by means of which an excellent exhibition will be made of the novelties and fancy goods, which form special features of the business. The shop is lofty, and the scheme of painting gives it a pleasingly light and bright appearance, whilst the colours of the wares, effectively arranged, blend the whole into a striking picture. The aim of the proprietor of this business is to supply an artistic article at a popular price. It is Mr. Pringle's intention to still further extend the popularity of his business by providing further attractions for patrons, and for this purpose he leaves for London this month in order to make arrangements for getting the latest novelties from the world's centre. As in the years gone by, the policy will be to supply so good and reliable an article that patrons will continue to patronise the Pringle establishment.
Evening Post, Volume LXXI, Issue 106, 5 May 1906

Mr. T. Pringle (Wellington) is in London this week. He travelled from New Zealand via. Canada, and had a very interesting journey over the Rockies. Since landing in England a fortnight ago, he has been to Scotland, so has only just reached London. Mr Pringle has come Home entirely on business.
Evening Post, Volume LXXII, Issue 50, 28 August 1906

Mr. Thomas Pringle, (Wellington) who came Home recently via Vancouver, leaves England to-night on his way back. He goes again via Vancouver. Mr. Pringle has been showing some fine photos of New Zealand scenery and of Maoris, some of which will be published in illustrated journals, others is post-cards.

Evening Post, Volume LXXII, Issue 81, 3 October 1906

Mr. Thos. Pringle, who has been on a visit to Great Britain, returned to Wellington by the Moeraki to-day, having arrived in Sydney by the last steamer from Vancouver.

Evening Post, Volume LXXII, Issue 93, 17 October 1906

Evening Post, Volume LXXXIII, Issue 40, 16 February 1907

We have received from Messrs Gordon and Gotch, Ld., Wellington, a copy of a handsome souvenir brochure, a portfolio of artistically mounted "Maori portraits," the photographic work of Mr Thomas Pringle. Printed in "permanent carbonette," a soft brown, with mounts to match, the collection is well worthy of despatch to friends, to be kept on the library table, or to frame individually. Mr Pringle, it will be remembered exhibited in Nelson in connection with the local Camera Club, and his work then was greatly admired.
Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XLII, Issue XLII, 31 August 1907

We have received from Mr. Thomas Pringle, of this city, specimens of a new series of postcards of New Zealand views, in colours, equal to the best reproductions of foreign views that we have seen. They represent New Zealand scenery at its highest.
Dominion, Volume 1, Issue 34, 4 November 1907

We are indebted to Messrs. Gordon and Gotch Proprietary, Limited, for a copy of a handsome portfolio of "Art Photos of New Zealand." They are issued in foolscap folio size, bound in an artistic cover, and reflect the utmost credit for choice of subject, clearness of production, and elegance of get-up upon Mr. Thomas Pringle, of whose photography these are fine specimens. For years past Mr. Pringle has been searching the colony for beauty spots on behalf of the Tourist Department, and this collection contains some of the tit-bits he has captured. The portfolio forms a pretty present.
Free Lance, Volume VIII, Issue 388, 7 December 1907

"Art Photos of New Zealand" (Gordon and Gotch) is the title of a collection of fine process reproductions of photographs of typical New Zealand scenery by Mr. T. Pringle. They are printed in art tints, and mounted on stout paper of a shade harmonising perfectly with the colour in which they are printed. The subjects are eighteen in all, representing scenes of mountain, forest, lake, and geyser; every detail has been carefully studied in its preparation, and the result is a work of art which cannot fail to impress strangers and distant friends with the varied beauties of our island home.
Evening Post, Volume LXXIV, Issue 138, 7 December 1907

Mr. Thos. Pringle, of Wellington, will leave for Sydney by the Ulimaroa in May and travel to the Old Country by the Oruba, which he will catch at Adelaide. He will visit the Continent before returning to New Zealand.
Evening Post, Volume LXXV, Issue 88, 13 April 1908


Depression in England
As Seen by Mr. T. Pringle
The High Commissioner's Office
The observations of Mr. Thomas Pringle, of Wellington, who returned yesterday from a business trip to the Old World, were by no means altogether cheerful. Depressed trade and unemployment were the principal things that struck him in Great Britain. "It was simply awful," he told a Dominion reporter. "Going down the Clyde, where one used to be deafened by the continual noise of the hammers in the shipbuilding works, I did not hear a single one. I found that at Port Glasgow, even in July, soup kitchens were open for the relief of the destitute, and what it will be like when winter comes one does not care to think."

A Gloomy Outlook.
In all parts of England Mr. Pringle found the conditions were similarly bad, and he did not see any signs of a change for the better. Beggars and people trying to live by selling small articles in the streets seemed to be much more numerous in London than they were when Mr. Pringle was there two years ago. All the merchants and manufacturers to whom he spoke were looking forward to worse times ahead, and the country seemed to be passing through a period of great social stress and political unrest. He found there was a growing tendency to consider seriously the question of "fiscal reform," one stimulating cause being the great amount of cheap foreign labour, chiefly from Russian Poland, that had come into many different parts of England; and seemed to be ousting Britishers altogether from some branches of employment.

Advertising New Zealand.
The metropolis was overrun by French people and other foreigners who had been attracted thither by the Franco-British Exhibition, [at Shepherd's Bush] but the shopkeepers complained that the influx brought them no perceptible increase of trade. Like other visitors from New Zealand, Mr. Pringle was much disappointed in this country's display at the Franco-British Exhibition. It was distressingly commonplace, and was quite overshadowed by the Canadian and Australian courts. Nobody seemed to take any interest in it — "a magnificent opportunity thrown away." This was, in Mr. Pringle's opinion, only one instance of a general lack of activity in the advertising of New Zealand and its resources. He hoped the now High Commissioner would speedily remove his office from Westminster to some much more central position. Queensland had given a lead by opening recently a fine new office in the Strand. The example of Canada and other parts of the Empire in running attractive permanent exhibitions of their produce and manufactures in well-situated shops might also, Mr. Pringle thought, be followed with advantage by New Zealand.

Again, on the way back, New Zealand's modesty in making its attractions known struck Mr. Pringle unfavourably. The ship at Fremantle was deluged with bright, attractive immigration and tourist literature from all the Australian States, but there were only half-a-dozen pamphlets about New Zealand.

Mr. Pringle was away nearly six months, and he visited Italy, France, and Switzerland as well as Great Britain.

Dominion, Volume 2, Issue 334, 22 October 1908

Mr. T. Pringle, who has been on a business trip to London and Continental centres, returned by the Ulimaroa.
Evening Post, Volume LXXXIV, Issue 89, 11 October 1912

Evening Post, Volume LXXXIX, Issue 120, 22 May 1915

In his will dated 24 March 1931 he bequeathed to his daughter Elizabeth Muriel Graham three paintings by Charles Henry Howarth, titled "Elie de Beaumont from Waiho Gorge", "Mount Cook Hooker's Glacier" and "Lake Mapourika". 


Evening Post, Volume CXII, Issue 52, 29 August 1931 
At the time of his death Thomas Pringle was living at 38 Friend Street, Karori. This property was auctioned in September 1931.


1st Series of 36 Post Cards
 [25 shown here]
inscribed "Copyright T. Pringle, Wellington, N.Z"

  Maori Women twisting Flax
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 101
 no. 86076
reverse message dated 16 January 1908

Onehe ra! (Departed Days)
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 102
 no. 96042

At the Cooking Box, Whakarewarewa
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 103
 no. 96043

Maori weaving Taniko
 by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 104
 no. 96041

Washing Day, Whakarewarewa
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 105
no. 96044
postage dated stamped 24 April 1907

Te Hongi (Rubbing Noses)
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 106
no. 96045

On Lake Te Anau
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 107
no. 96046

Head of Wakatipu from Glenorchy
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 108
no. 96047

Silver Birches, Paradise Road, Wakatipu
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 109
no. 96048

West Arm, Manapouri
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 110
no. 96049

 Lake Manapouri
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 111
no. 96050

 Moonlight, Milford Sound
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 112
no. 96051

Maori Whare, Mokoia Island
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 113
 no. 96052

Wanganui River
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 114
no. 96053

 Hiruharama, Wanganui River
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 115
no. 96054

At Atiamuri
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 116
no. 96055

 Champagne Pool, Wairakei
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 117
no. 96056

 Aratiatia Rapids, Waikato River
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 118
no. 96057

By the Hot Bathing Pool, Ohinemutu
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 119
 no. 96058

[postcard not shown here]
Maori Girls Bathing
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 120

 Bathing Pool, Whakarewarewa
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 121

[postcard not shown here]
Maori Children, Ohinemutu
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 123

Maori Children, Whakarewarewa
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 124
no. 96063

Maori Wahine weaving Taniko
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 125
no. 96064

A Rangatira Maori
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 126
no. 96065

  "The Challenge"
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 127
no. 96066

by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 128
no. 96067

Kapai te Torori
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 129
no. 96068

Te Kaumatua
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 130

The Arawa Belle
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 131
no. 96070

Maori Girl with Taiha
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 132
no. 96071

An Arawa Beauty
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 133
no. 96072

A Maori Poi Dancer
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 134
no. 96073

Wahine of Arawa Tribe with Mere
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 135
no. 96074

 A Maori Maiden
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 136
no. 96075

2nd Series of 36 Post Cards
[31 shown here]
inscribed "Copyright Thomas Pringle, Wellington, N.Z."
Gordon and Gotch Series

 Maori Poi Dancer, Whakarewarewa
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 201
no. 121621

Guide "Bella" Whakarewarewa
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 202
no. 121622

Washing Day, Whakarewarewa
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 203
no. 121623

Maori Women with Mere
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no.204
no. 121624

A "Rangatira" Maori
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no.205
no. 121625

Maori Children in Hot Bathing Pool, Whakarewarewa
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 206
no. 121626

Maori Woman Weaving Flax Kits
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 207
no. 121627

Maori Woman Weaving Taniko
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no.208
no. 121628

Hot Washing Pool, Ohinemutu
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 209
no. 121629

Rubbing Noses (Te Hongi) The Maori Salutation
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 210
no. 121630

Te Pukapuka (The Letter)
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no.211
no. 121631

 Rubbing Noses (Te Hongi) The Maori Salutation
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no.212
no. 121632

[postcard not shown here]
 Maori Children, Ohinemutu
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 213
no. 121633

Maori Girls Playing Whai
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no.214
no. 121634

Maori Women, Ohinemutu
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no.215
no. 121635

A Penny Haka, Whakarewarewa
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 216
no. 121636

 You Like Haka, Pakeha?
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no.217
no. 121637

You throw Penny, Pakeha
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no.218
no. 121638

Hiamoe! (Sleepy)
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no.219
no. 121639

Kapai te Torori! (Tobacco is good)
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no.220
no. 121640

Postage stamped Wellington 12 November 1908

Maori Woman and Child
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no.221
no. 121641

A Maori Girl's Toilet
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no.222
no. 121642

A Group of Maori Girls
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no.223
no. 121643

postage stamped Ashhurst 18 July 1912

An Arawa Girl
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 224
no. 121644

Maori Girl and Child
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no.225
no. 121645

Maori Girl with Canoe Paddle
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no.226
no. 121646

A Pretty Young Maori Girl
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 227
no. 121647
reverse message dated Manchester, UK, 12 May 1916

Maggie, The Popular Guide, Whakarewarewa
 by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 228
no. 121648

A Beautiful Arawa
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 229
no. 121649

"Very Good Te Whakahua" (The Photographer)
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 230
no. 121650

A Tohunga weaving an Eel Trap
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no.231
no. 121651

postage stamped Petone 5 January 1910

 A Ngatihuia Chieftain (Ngatiraukawa)
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 232
no. 121652

 A Rangatira Maori
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 233
no. 121653

A Friendly Bout, Spear v Taiaha
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 234
no. 121654
reverse message dated Rotorua 8 December 1909

A little nonsense now and then
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no.235
no. 121655

 A Roto-iti Maori
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, N.Z., no. 236
no. 121656
reverse message dated 6 April 1916

3rd Series of 36 Post Cards
[27 shown here]
inscribed "Copyright Thos. Pringle, Wellington, N.Z."

Mount Cook, 12349ft., and Hochstetter Ice Fall
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, N.Z., no. 254


Tasman Glacier from Maltebrun
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 275

Amongst the Islands, Lake Manapouri, N.Z.
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, N.Z., no. 327

Lake Manapouri from "Murrells"
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, N.Z., no. 343


Lake Manapouri from Fairy Cove
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, N.Z., no. 352

Looking towards the "Narrows", Te Anau
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, N.Z., no. E355

 Rere Lake Wakatipu
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, N.Z., no. 367

Head of Lake Wakatipu from Glenorchy
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, N.Z., no. 397

Ree Valley from Glenorchy, Wakatipu
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, N.Z., no. 402


Looking to Dart Valley, Wakatipu
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, N.Z., no. 404

Dart Valley from Paradise, Wakatipu
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, N.Z., no. 409A

"25 Mile", Lake Wakatipu
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, N.Z., no. 412


 Kawarau Falls, Lake Wakatipu
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, N.Z., no. 416

reverse message dated 12 June 1908

Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu from Ben Lomond Track
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, N.Z., no. 432


Clinton River, Te Anau - Milford Track
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, N.Z., no. 451

Cleddau River and Mt. Tutoko, Milford Sound
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, N.Z., no. 455

reverse message dated 8 November 1909


The Devils Arm, Arthur River, Milford
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, N.Z., no. 486


On Arthur River, Milford Track
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, N.Z., no. 488

The Highest Falls in the World, Sutherland Falls, Milford Track, 1904 feet
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, N.Z., no. 492

reverse message dated Palmerston 10 June 1909


Sterling Falls, Milford Sound, 505 ft.
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, N.Z., no. 495

Mitre Peak (Milford Sound) 5560ft
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, N.Z., no. 499

Mitre Peak, Milford Sound, 5560ft
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, N.Z., no. 502

The Lion and Mount Pembroke, Milford Sound
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, N.Z., no. 509


In Skippers Gorge, Wakatipu
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, N.Z. no. 524

Tama te Kapua, Ohinemutu
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 556
no. 132703

Maori Whare, Ohinemutu
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, no. 558

Tikitere, Lake Roto-rua
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, N.Z. no. 563

Huka Falls, near Taupo
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, N.Z. no. 578

Whakarewarewa Village
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, N.Z. no. E709


 Wairoa Geyser, Whakarewarewa
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, N.Z. no. 712


Kereru and Pohutu, Whakarewarewa
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, N.Z. no. E713

Maoris Fishing, Lake Roto-iti
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, N.Z. no. 1001

The Red Crater of Tongariro and Nghaurohoe Volcano
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, N.Z., no. 1006

Pohutoroa and Atiamuri
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, N.Z., no. 2347

Lake Wanaka, Otago
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, N.Z., no. 2348


South Fiord, Lake Te Anau
by Thomas Pringle, Wellington, N.Z., no. 2594

 reverse message dated 4 August 1909

"Dominion" Series Art Postcards
4th Series of 36 Post Cards
[12 shown here]








Maoriland Beauties
by Thomas Pringle.
A portfolio containing twelve unbound photographs from the book titled "Maori Studies" published in 1907 by Thomas Pringle.

Maori Whare at Ohinemutu, by Thomas Pringle

A Pretty Maori
by Thomas Pringle
23.5cm x 18.5cm

"Mairie" The Arawa Beauty
by Thomas Pringle
 23.5cm x 18.5cm

Maori Girls, Whakarewarewa
by Thomas Pringle
 23.5cm x 18.5cm

Maori Women
by Thomas Pringle
18.5cm x 23.5cm

 Maori Woman Weaving Taniko
by Thomas Pringle
23.5cm x 18.5cm

Te Hongi (Rubbing Noses)
by Thomas Pringle
23.5cm x 18.5cm

"Poi" Dancer, Whakarewarewa
by Thomas Pringle
23.5cm x 18.5cm

Onehe Ra! (Departed Days)
by Thomas Pringle
23.5cm x 18.5cm

Kapai Te Torori
by Thomas Pringle
23.5cm x 18.5cm

A Tribal Belle
by Thomas Pringle
23.5cm x 18.5cm

A Whakarewarewa Beauty
by Thomas Pringle
18.5cm x 23.5cm

Maori Women Twisting Flax
by Thomas Pringle
23.5cm x 18.5cm

 Maori Studies
Credit: Archives Number: LONG (1008-2-1-2-10-01); Courtesy of Longfellow House - Washington's Headquarters

Evening Post, Volume LXXIII, Issue 87, 13 April 1907

Photographs by 
Thomas Pringle 
from the New Zealand Mail
15 December 1898

New Zealand Mail, 15 December 1898, page 1

Maori Chieftainess
New Zealand Mail, 15 December 1898, page 7

One of the Old School
New Zealand Mail, 15 December 1898, page 7

New Zealand Mail, 15 December 1898, page 9

 Two Maori Belles
New Zealand Mail, 15 December 1898, page 11

A Lazy Day on the Otaki
New Zealand Mail, 15 December 1898, page 12

Queen's Wharf, Wellington
New Zealand Mail, 15 December 1898, page 19

 Above the Huka Falls, Waikato River
New Zealand Mail, 15 December 1898, page 30

 A Family party at Mohokoa
New Zealand Mail, 15 December 1898, page 32

 "Wellington at Last"
New Zealand Mail, 15 December 1898, page 37

1. Elizabeth Muriel Pringle, she was the third woman and first New Zealand born woman to ascend Mt Cook and the second to climb Elie de Beaumont [1], born 17 March 1884, reg. 1884/10215, died 23 July 1957 Hokitika, reg. 1957/28852, married 1 October 1913 at St. Mary's Church, Karori by the Rev. A. L. Hansell, Peter Graham MBE of The Hermitage, Mount Cook, reg. 1913/5620. The best man was Mr. T. E. Y. Seddon, M.P., the son of the former Prime Minister, Richard John Seddon. Peter Graham was the chief alpine guide at the Hermitage and made 19 ascents of Mount Cook. The alpine plant Ranunculus grahamii and two others were named for him.

1a. Peter Garland Graham born 13 August 1919, died 2013, reg. 2013/8007
1b. Muriel Hester Graham born 1 September 1921, died 2013, reg. 2013/18327 [Mrs Ford]
1c. Keith Maxwell Graham born 7 September 1924, Franz Josef Glacier, Westland, died 2 May 1945, Solomon Islands
1d. Stephen Pringle Graham born 31 July 1927, died 2014, reg. 2014/25144


2. Gertrude Hester Pringle born 5 March 1889 Wellington, reg. 1889/4740, married 29 March 1910 St Paul's Pro-Cathedral, Wellington by the Rev. T. H. Sprott, Arthur Charles Maginnity [solicitor] son of the Hon. Andrew Thomas Maginnity, Member of the Legislative Council [MLC], he died 1 November 1921 Nelson, buried Wakapuaka Cemetery, Nelson block 27 plot 064

2a. Joan Mabel Maginnity born 9 March 1911, reg. 1911/9565, died 2008, reg. 2008/18366 [Mrs Wells]

2b. Miles Maginnity born 28 October 1913, reg.  1913/29856, died 1996, reg.  1996/32372
2c. Denis Maginnity born 11 September 1917, reg. 1917/27881, died 2011, reg. 2011/5107

[1] Press, Volume LXIV, Issue 19208, 14 January 1928 
[2] Mr and Mrs A. G. Donne attended Gertrude Pringle's wedding in 1910. Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XLV, Issue XLV, 31 March 1910
[3]  Elizabeth Goodfellow married Robert Pringle 1856, reg. Jun 1856, Cockermouth, Cumberland vol. 10b, page 613

1910 living at "Te Kohanga", Grant Road, Wellington